Danish double bass player Mathilde Qvist grew up in Kolding, Denmark, where she began her musical studies at the age of 7 on piano. Later, at the age of 15, she was introduced to the double bass and soon began lessons with the former principal bassist for Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Frank Christensen. One year after beginning playing the bass she was accepted to MGK Kolding where she studied for three years. During these years Mathilde won more prizes in national youth competitions. In 2016 she began her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, studying with Frank Christensen. In 2018 she continued her bachelor studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, studying with principal bassist for the Oslo Philharmonic, Dan Styffe, and principal bassist for the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Marius Flatby. She played her bachelor concert in december 2021 achieving the highest grade. In august 2021 Mathilde will begin her master studies at The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, studying with the principal bassist for The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Joel Gonzalez.
Mathilde is an active chamber musician and has played at festivals in Tokyo, New York, Vienna, Milano and more european capitals. Besides her studies she is also an active orchestra musician and has played with orchestras such as The Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DR Symfoniorkestret), Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, The Danish Sinfonietta and Esbjerg Ensemble. Her primarily focus is on playing classical music but she is also experienced in rhythmical music and has played at international jazz and folk music festivals.
Mathilde has during her studies received numerous scholarships such as Augustinus Fonden, Danish Arts Foundation and Den Ingwersenske Fond. She is currently sponsored by the norwegian foundation Dextra Musica playing on an instrument from their exclusive collection of string instruments. The instrument she is playing is build by italian maker Cristiano Scipino.